Recent news of note:
and a shout out to an excellent source of news and analysis with a focus on Oregon and the broader context:
Following passage by both houses of the Legislature, Governor Gregoire signed the Health Benefit Exchange bill into law on March 23– the 2nd anniversary of the federal Affordable Care Act — before an appreciative public audience. Passage of the Exchange bill was the result of long hard work by civic-minded advocates, including consumers and small business owners.
Lots of excitement here tonight after a tremendous effort by advocates and lawmakers:
House Bill 2319 would fully implement the Affordable Care Act, allowing the state to meet critical development milestones in 2013 as outlined by the federal health reform bill passed in March 2010. The bill creates the standards for operation of a state healthcare exchange.
“Our efforts this year build off last year’s skeleton bill that established a public-private exchange board. Now, by Jan. 1, 2014, we’ll be ready to open the program for people,” said Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent, chair of the Senate Health and Long-Term Care Committee and prime sponsor of companion legislation in the Senate. Enrollment in health plans will open in the fall of 2013.…
Health news from Washington State and around the Pacific Northwest:
After Slipping Through the Cracks, Beaverton Man to Receive Lifesaving Surgery at Seattle hospital
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As the new year starts, some ome items of note from near and far: